Latin Name: Solea solea
Distribution: Generally favours warmer water, meaning it is more common in the south of the British Isles, especially the English Channel, Irish Sea and southern parts of the North Sea. Does, however, sporadically show up in northern parts of the UK in limited numbers.
Habitat: Muddy or sandy bottom - shallow water
Size: Up to up to 3ft
Season: Caught all year round
Staple food: Mostly marine worms, prawns and invertebrates, but will feed on other food sources such as molluscs and crustaceans if they are present.
Angling tactics: Caught by ledgering on the bottom close in, from the beach
Boat caught; 4lbs 6ozs from the Solent
Shore caught; 6lb 8oz
Caught mostly by shore anglers - rarely caught in boats mainly because it is a night feeder